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The primary goal of the ONU international LL.M. program is to provide young lawyers from transitional countries who are committed to public service with the benefits of a study program not otherwise available to them for financial reasons. However, the College of Law also offers the benefits of the program to a limited number of young lawyers with resources to finance all or part of their own educations. Below is a description of the program’s levels of financial support.
Full financial support
Highly qualified international attorneys whose experience demonstrates a commitment to, and excellence in, public service and who are accepted to the LL.M. program will be fully supported during their studies. Tuition and fees, books, room and board, travel, and a monthly stipend will all be provided. Each year, there are one or two fully funded positions available. These are highly competitive and require a well-documented record of public service and academic excellence.
There is a limited number of full, three-quarter or half-tuition scholarships available for international attorneys who are not accepted to the program with full financial support. These students must demonstrate that they have financial resources available to cover the additional costs of the program as a condition for final admission.
The program encourages all applicants to seek financial support from their governments, employers, and other organizations that provide resources to support studying democracy and the rule of law. Applicants should consider applying to competitive United States government funded programs:
- Fulbright scholarships
- Muskie Fellowships for the former Soviet Union and Eastern European countries
- IREX/LEAD Fellowship Program for Tajikistan
The ONU College of Law is an active participant in these programs.
Other possibilities include:
- The Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program
- AAUW International Fellowship
- P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship
- The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship Program
- PRESTASI Fellowships, Indonesia
- Kosovo American Education Fund Graduate Fellowship Program
- Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program for Tanzania
- The Bolashak Program, Kazakhstan
- The Algarysh Program, the Republic of Tatarstan
- Post-Graduate Solution's LLM Study Bursaries
For general information on scholarships for international students to study in the United States, visit the following sites:
Please note that these scholarships and fellowships are highly competitive. Check the websites for deadlines, as many of these organizations stop accepting applications in the fall.
Below are the projected costs for the 2014-15 academic year.
LL.M. Tuition 2014-15
|Housing (a two-bedroom fully furnished campus apartment, double occupancy, includes all utilities, a computer, a printer, high-speed internet, and cable television)||$8,320|
|Books (new; used books available for less)||$2,500|
|Health insurance (required)||$1,500|
|Personal expenses (approximately)||$2,000|
|Total Individual Costs||$17,870|
Additionally, LL.M. candidates are responsible for obtaining their visas (currently $160), paying the U.S. government-mandated SEVIS fee (currently $180 for J-1 visa), WES evaluation fees (currently $160), and buying their own tickets to/from the United States.